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Working As a Senior Manufacturing Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manufacturing Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
  • Collect data to assist in process improvement activities

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

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How To Become A Senior Manufacturing Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Senior Manufacturing Technician Career Paths

Senior Manufacturing Technician
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Owner Construction Superintendent Production Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Lead Technician Manufacturing Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Lead Technician Manufacturing Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Lead Technician Manufacturing Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager Plant Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Continuous Improvement Manager Engineering/Maintenance Manager
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician Senior Systems Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Manufacturing Technician
Technician 6.3%
Operator 3.8%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Senior Manufacturing Technician
Technician 6.7%
Owner 3.5%
Supervisor 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Genentech
Highest Paying City
West Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Idaho
Avg Experience Level
5.5 years
How much does a Senior Manufacturing Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Manufacturing Technician in the United States is $51,036 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $71,000.

Top Skills for A Senior Manufacturing Technician

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Safety Requirements
  3. Corresponding Batch Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed instrument test data and evaluated performance of the instruments according to established specifications and test procedures.
  • Exceeded quality and safety requirements on all tasks and manufacturing responsibilities.
  • Document production operations in corresponding batch records and log sheets according to cGMPs and established SOPs.
  • Supported manufacturing and operations within the Manufacturing and Process Engineering departments through process development and production line troubleshooting.
  • Recommended process improvement initiatives and worked with support groups to optimize productivity, while maintaining quality and safety.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Manufacturing Technicians

  1. Idaho
  2. Maine
  3. Utah
  4. New Mexico
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Oregon
  7. Arkansas
  8. Washington
  9. Rhode Island
  10. New Hampshire
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Senior Manufacturing Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

72.9%

Female

18.1%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Asian

11.9%

Black or African American

8.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

German

8.3%

French

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Khmer

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Gujarati

4.2%

Tagalog

4.2%

Urdu

4.2%

Korean

4.2%
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Senior Manufacturing Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Northeastern University

8.9%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

7.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.3%

University of California - Davis

5.4%

San Jose State University

5.4%

California State University - East Bay

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.5%

BioHealth College

4.5%

North Shore Community College

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.6%

Bunker Hill Community College

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.6%

Mission College

3.6%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

3.6%

University of New Hampshire

3.6%

Central New Mexico Community College

3.6%

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

University of California - San Diego

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.0%

Business

17.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

9.5%

Biology

8.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.6%

Biotechnology

4.6%

Industrial Technology

4.2%

Chemistry

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Management

2.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.7%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Information Technology

2.4%

Computer Science

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Project Management

1.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.0%

Other

26.5%

Associate

21.4%

Masters

9.4%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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